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Lakeshore 'Cortijo', stunning views, pets ok
Lakeshore 'Cortijo', stunning views, pets ok

Entire home/flat

6 guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

Lakeshore traditonal 'Cortijo' (rural house) with fantastic views & easy access for swimming in the cleanest waters you'll ever experience. 10 mins from beautiful Castril and IN the National Park

The space

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My holiday home is a traditional Andalucian 'cortijo' (rural cottage) in a remarkable position on the edge of Portillo lake just outside the famous heritage town of Castril.

Fine lake views from the first floor, and astounding one from the rear garden... but the best bit is the lake itself below the house that will probably provide the best bathing of your life - clear, clean fresh water that has an amazing green/azure glow from the limestone rocks. We supply inflatable rubber rings and a snorkel and mask. During the year of renovation we never had to share the bathing beach below the house with a single other (URL HIDDEN) it feels like your own lake.

Once down at the water you can see for miles across the National Park...and not single property in sight - it really is a very special location.

Days out will take you to the Alhambra in Granada (a 'wonder of the world'), a choice of lakes and geo-thermal spas, or the coast which has a surprising number of small, traditional and unspoilt resorts.

Ground Floor:

Lounge - with large (and good quality) double sofabed, radio, open fire (plenty of free wood down at shore). Dining table for 6

Kitchen - oven, hob, toaster, kettle, fridge with small freezer compartment, two sinks, small dining table for 2/4

Bathroom - large room with large new double shower. hairdryer


Master bedroom - double with great lake view

Bedroom 2 - large room with double and single bed, and direct access out to rear garden


Parking for 2 cars
Dining table and chairs for 4
lounge chairs and outdoor rug
Astounding views from the land at the rear

Guest access

A whole house, with two bedrooms, and access down to the lakeshore for swimming.

Interaction with guests

Communication is mostly by email, though I have a local housekeeper in case of problems. Access is typically via a keycode so late arrivals are ok.

Other things to note

Note that young children would need to be supervised in the back garden as there is a sheer drop to the water.

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox

Extra people: £10 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: £52
Security Deposit: £258
Weekend Price: £50 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

No smoking inside thanks - but with a view like this from the garden who'd want to smoke inside?

No pets on the sofa or on the beds, and thanks for clearing garden mess



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

2 nights minimum stay

25 Reviews

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Robert User Profile
June 2017
Wow - Just Wow! After having stayed in some stunning locations, Amazon Rainforest, Rio de Janeiro, Maldives, Thailand I can say that this place was my favourite!!! The setting is idyllic, it really is paradise and looks even better when you visit than it does in the photos. The house has been refurbished to a great standard. The lake is amazing, it has beautiful islands you can swim out to. It's the perfect place to retreat and relax. Can't wait to return, thank you Greg!

Adam User Profile
May 2017
This place is amazing, the views are incredible and it is a great place to get away and relax with no technology. Castril is within walking distance and worth a visit, as is taking a trip further into the national park for some great walks. The cottage is very rural and other than the neighbour Paco you will probably be alone the whole time. Paco is very friendly and has some lovely cats including two 35 day old kittens which he was kind enough to show us. The black BMW is no longer parked outside as per the instructions but it's not hard to find the spot about 30m from the building. The bed in the master is a bit collapsed in the middle so could do with a new mattress but this small issue is not a big deal overall. I would definitely recommend Greg's place!

Anne User Profile
April 2017
We had a great time in this house in Castril. The surroundings are beautiful! Just like the pictures. We enjoyed our daily breakfast at the private terrace with lake view. We did nice hikes and haven't seen any other tourists. There are good facilities in the house and Castril is a friendly little town. Not speaking Spanish could be a problem, but the neighbour can use sign language and locals are likeable and patient.

Tamara User Profile
April 2017
The host canceled this reservation 7 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Donald & Gill User ProfileDonald & Gill is a superhost.
December 2016
Greg was very well organised and communication for the arrangement of our stay was good. We didn't meet Greg. The cottage has been respectfully refurbished and provides comfortable clean but fairly basic accommodation. We loved it. The situation is fantastic with amazing views over the lake and mountains, which we loved too Great place for a quiet retreat and Castril is a pretty village with good local facilities.

Jennifer User Profile
September 2016
This was a fantastic location, apart from the neighbour we saw very few people and were able to swim alone, it felt like our own private lake. If you like remote and quiet, this is the place for you. The views are stunning.

Daniel User Profile
June 2016
My partner and I have just spent a very relaxing and stress free week in this wonderful and charming home. Everything was perfect, in the most beautiful setting. We could not have asked for more, as we enjoyed the comforts of the cottage, views across the mountains, swimming in the lake, adventurous walks, canoeing, drives, the lovely town of Castril and the sheer escapism of it all. Thanks Greg for sharing such a unique spot. Looking forward to visiting again.

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Greg User Profile

I'm an architectural historian and I restore unusual and historic buildings across Europe and let them for holidays.

I'm a former University lecturer from the University of Wales (archaeology/ architectural history), and have written several books and TV series on architecture. I love great views, privacy and finding the best locations, and then renovating and restoring in an appropriate style.

I speak English, Welsh and Polish, and I understand basic French. Learning Spanish.

My properties are managed by Yvonne and she speaks English and Spanish.

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